2015-16Regular SeasonRound 7
November 25, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 18:00 MORACA
Suad Sehovic - Buducnost VOLI Pogdorica - EC15 (photo Buducnost)

Buducnost uses 20-1 start to down Aris

Buducnost VOLI Podgorica stayed in the race to reach the Eurocup Last 32 in Group D by downing Aris Thessaloniki 75-56 in the Montenegrin capital on Wednesday. Buducnost improved to 3-4 and ties with Banvit Bandirma for fourth place in thie group. Aris dropped to 4-3. Suad Sehovic led the winners with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Tadija Dragicevic and Nemanja Jaramaz each had 13 for Buducnost. Vassilis Symtsak led Aris with 12 points. Jake Cohen and Dominic Waters each had 11 for the guests. Dragicevic had 7 points in a 13-0 opening run, as Aris missed its opening 10 field goal attempts. A three-pointer by Bojan Subotic soon broke the game open, 20-1. Jake Cohen and Jerel McNeal stepped up for Aris, but Buducnost led 24-6 after 10 minutes and extended its margin to 46-16 soon after halftime. Aris got within 48-21 at the break. Symtsak and Theodoros Zaras allowed Aris to get within 65-53 late in the fourth quarter but Suad Sehovic struck from downtown to seal the outcome.

Buducnost got Dragicevic, its regular go-to guy, right away, and he had 7 points to which Omar Cook added a bomb from downtown to make Aris call timeout at 10-0. A three-point play by Sead Sehovic capped a 13-0 opening run, as Spyros Mourtos split free throws. Buducnost kept rolling and three-pointers by Suad Sehovic and Subotic broke the game open, 20-1. Cohen struck from downtown but Robert Rikic soon made it a 20-point game, 24-4. Free throws by Cohen got Aris within 24-6 after 10 minutes. Jerel McNeal hit foul shots early in the second quarter but Nemanja Jaramaz improved it with a three-pointer and Sead Sehovic added a layup-plus-foul for a 30-8 Buducnost lead. McNeal kept pacing Aris with a backdoor layup and a close basket by Cohen made the hosts call timeout at 31-12. Suad Sehovic and Jaramaz stepped up with consecutive baskets, igniting a 9-0 run which Dragicevic capped with a triple that gave Buducnost a 40-12 margin. Dominic Waters tried to change things with back-to-back baskets but Suad Sehovic did better with consecutive triples. Jamelle Hagins and Waters kept Aris within 48-21 at halftime.

Suad Sehovic buried a three-pointer immediately after the break and even when Waters stepped up with his own shot from downtown, Aleks Maric gave the hosts a 53-25 margin. Mourtos scored again and an off-balance turnaround jumper by Okaro White brought Aris within 54-29. Vassilis Symtsak shined with a put-back layup, as Buducnost struggled to score for the first time in the game. Omar Cook rescued the hosts with a three-point play, Vassilis Xanthopoulos and Jaramaz exchanged three-pointers and Zaras brought Aris within 61-37 after 30 minutes. Zaras scored again early in the fourth quarter and fed Cohen for a layup that brought Aris within 61-41. Symtsak took over with 6 unanswered points to get Aris as close as 61-47, after a 0-10 run. Buducnost went scoreless for almost 4 minutes until Dragicevic rescued the hosts with a put-back basket. Mourtos and Zaras kept pacing Aris and Symtsak added a put-back layup for a 65-53 Aris deficit with 3 minutes left. Free throws by Rikic and a three-pointer by Suad Sehovic sealed the outcome, 70-53, as Aris never recovered.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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Referees: CIULIN, MARIUS (ROM), BIRICIK, MURAT (TUR), CICI, GENTIAN (ALB)
Attendance: 1670 (Tentative)
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Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 SEHOVIC, SUAD 33:14 17 1/3 5/9   3 5 8 1 2 2   1 1   18
5 JARAMAZ, NEMANJA 21:48 13 2/5 3/6 0/1   1 1 3 1       3   8
7 SUBOTIC, BOJAN 22:13 5 1/3 1/3     2 2 1     1   3 2 4
8 SEHOVIC, SEAD 24:35 7 2/3 0/4 3/4   1 1     3     4 7 2
9 CARAPIC, OGNJEN 5:53 2     2/4           2     1 2 -1
10 COOK, OMAR 34:07 6 1/4 1/5 1/1   2 2 10 2       2 3 14
12 SLAVKOVIC, ANDRIJA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 ILIC, ALEKSA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 DRAGICEVIC, TADIJA 29:16 13 2/7 2/4 3/6 2 6 8 1   2   1 3 5 11
21 MARIC, ALEKS 16:37 6 2/2   2/2 1 5 6   3 2 2   2 2 15
33 RIKIC, ROBERT 12:17 6 1/2   4/4 1 3 4     1     1 2 9
Team             4 4               4
Totals 200:00 75 12/29 12/31 15/22 7 29 36 16 8 12 3 2 20 23 84
        41.4% 38.7% 68.2%
Head coach: JOVOVIC, IGOR
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Aris Thessaloniki
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 XANTHOPOULOS, VASSILIS 27:51 5   1/2 2/2   3 3 4 2 2     4 4 11
7 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 CUPKOVIC, SLAVEN 2:01                              
9 FLIONIS, DIMITRIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 WHITE, OKARO 25:36   0/8 0/3     2 2 1 1 2   1     -10
11 WATERS, DOMINIC 17:21 11 2/7 2/3 1/1   3 3   1 4     2 2 5
13 ZARAS, THEODOROS 15:41 6 2/3 0/2 2/2       4         3 3 7
14 HAGINS, JAMELLE 15:17 2 1/3       3 3     1     4 1 -1
15 COHEN, JAKE 21:07 11 3/6 1/2 2/2 1 2 3   1 2 1 1 2 1 8
16 MOURTOS, SPYROS 24:25 5 2/3   1/2 1 2 3   2 2     1 2 7
17 SYMTSAK, VASSILIS 22:40 12 5/5   2/4 3 7 10 1   1     4 2 18
22 McNEAL, JEREL 28:01 4 1/10 0/4 2/2 1 3 4 2 1 2 1 1 3 4 -3
Team           4 5 9               9
Totals 200:00 56 16/45 4/16 12/15 10 30 40 12 8 16 2 3 23 19 51
        35.6% 25% 80%
Head coach: PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

JOVOVIC, IGOR
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
"We were aware that Aris is a high-quality team that we were demolished in Greece. But we played better then Aris in Thessaloniki. The first half was awesome, the opponent was brought into a dilemma and they did not know what and how to defend us. Maric's injury caused nervousness, but we again found our good form at the end of the game. "
PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
Aris Thessaloniki
"Congratulations to Buducnost, they played a great game, especially in the first half and in the first quarter. We couldn't do anything! We struggled in the second half to get back in the game, we combined different defenses. I'm sorry that we did not manage to catch up. We will now look at the next game."

Players

SEHOVIC, SEAD
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
"We played our best half of the season and we will try to maintain that rhythm in other games. We can expect a tough schedule, and now we are proud that we managed to overcome opponents by more than 18 points. We know how to play better and better, and we just need to continue like this."
XANTHOPOULOS, VASSILIS
Aris Thessaloniki
"Congratulations to Buducnost. They were better than us, they deserve a victory more than we do. We were terrible in the first half, we did not play as expected in defense. They were able to get a greater difference. I wish Aleks Maric all the best for his recovery."
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